Poughkeepsie alum hope football event has positive impact on area kids

It had been almost seven years since Akili Hill competed in an organized football game, and about five since he’d played any version of the game.

But, returning to the field and making those old familiar cuts and catches as a large crowd of local fans roared, he said, “is the best feeling ever.”

Hill snagged with two interceptions in the end zone, twice thwarting long drives by the opponent and helping his team secure a victory.

“I’m still light on my feet, so it was pretty easy to get back into it,” the 24-year-old said with a grin. “Plus, some of these guys out here lost it a long time ago.”

There were leaping and diving catches, spectacular breakaway runs, highlight-worthy pass deflections… and a handful of players who were winded after a few plays.

But all of it was to the delight of an appreciated audience that was provided some entertainment and a reason to reminisce as more than 50 former Poughkeepsie High School athletes gathered last Saturday for an alumni football game.

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